One Nation? What does that actually mean?
Frankly, I have no idea.
The triangulation wonks seem to think it will play well in the marginals and the Soufff.
The problem of modern-day politics is the attempt to appeal to the widest demographic of ‘couldn’t care less’. It is this whoring to attract the voters who have no ideological allegiance that has left my party in a quandary.
Perpetual opposition (allegedly) or government without a principle guiding the choices we make.
Ed is a very sincere chap, who delivered a great speech (in terms of delivery) but it was utterly devoid of connection to the left. couple with that the inability of Chukka Umunna (touted as a future leader) to remember that we are a Democratic socialist party not a social democrat party.
I worry about the strangest of things.
Pragmatic – anything to get into power – is the sign of a weak set of arguments. Doing whatever is populist works in the very short-term with massive hangover damage. Blairs ‘New Labour’ drove away much of the leftist core and replaced that support with those whose motivation was based on ‘what’s in it for me?’. The path of vote purchase and appeasement.
This is not the way to a progressive change bringing a steady improvement in inequality and better living standards for all.
What we are being offered is better managers who are more competent to manage decline. A total and utter capitulation in terms of aspiration for a better society. Mind you, the current coalition are a complete shambles #omnishambles.
So where does that leave me (and others)?
A party leadership whose strategy is heading in the wrong direction?
A party leadership made up of too many career politicians, who have followed a fast track to MP-dom?
A south-east focus to win at all costs regardless of where we have come from?
A we’re slightly less tory than the other mob?
We have a new badge ‘One nation Labour’. Oh that’s all right then.
A government which doesn’t stand for special interest groups or sections. A business focus on ‘good capitalism’ and many more utter bollocks like platitudes to fill the air.
As for the crew – Liam Byrne, Ed balls et al, these guys are neo-liberal to the core and prepared to work the system to manage a labour government in name only. They are pretty much indistinguishable from the ‘wet’ wing of Maggie T’s Tories. This is so not good enough.
Members up and down the country are left somewhat befuddled by this ‘One nation’ stuff, hoping it means more left-wing and sadly about to find out it doesn’t mean that at all. Repeal the NHS act (well done Andy Burnham), pay freeze to continue (FFS ed) and many other missed opportunities to move forward. Help people get on the housing ladder? FFS, build rentable houses and drive the heat from profiteering landlords.
We need to return to the land of left-wing politics and stop being ashamed.
We have capitulated in the argument about social justice, we have stopped trying.
Sorry, I haven’t and thousands in the party haven’t given up. Time the leadership reflected the members not a narrow sectional interest of ex spads.